Epsom & Ewell Borough Council announce partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association to improve local tennis courts @EpsomEwellBC @the_LTA
3rd January 2024
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Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) have announced a partnership to invest in and refurbish public tennis courts in Epsom & Ewell. 

The LTA will provide £26,650 to invest in 12 tennis courts at Auriol Park, Alexandra Recreation Ground, Court Recreation Ground, Gibraltar Recreation Ground and Poole Road Recreation Ground. 

The courts will benefit from gate access technology, a new online booking platform and court improvements which will ensure that quality facilities are available for the local community.  

Alongside the investment, the council and local coach providers will also work with the LTA to deliver a range of activity across the park sites. This will include weekly, free tennis sessions for all ages, playing levels and experience where equipment is provided, meaning that people will not need someone to play with or their own racket. Local Tennis Leagues will also provide friendly, sociable, opportunities to get active through local competitions. 

As part of the LTA’s Parks Investment Programme, the council will introduce a new ‘pay as you play’ scheme across all tennis courts in the borough in the new year. All income raised from the scheme will be reinvested into the borough’s tennis facilities to ensure future sustainability of tennis in parks. 

Cllr John Beckett, Chair of the Environment Committee said: “The partnership between the LTA and the council is extremely good news for the tennis facilities in the borough. Their investment and the move to a ‘pay as you play’ scheme will ensure that the courts are maintained and improved into the future. 

“The tennis courts are vital in providing opportunities for residents to get active and improve both their physical and mental health. The planned free coaching sessions will provide an opportunity to bring new people to the sport from all ages, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.” 

Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA, said: 

We are delighted to be working with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council to improve their park tennis facilities and provide more opportunities for anyone to pick up a racket and get active. 

“This investment is part of the UK Government and LTA’s Parks Tennis Project and will mean that courts will be available for people to use for years to come. 

“We will also be working closely with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council to ensure that the local community have a range of accessible opportunities to get on court, and open up our sport to many more people.”


  • The project is part of a nationwide investment by the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation, delivered by the LTA, to refurbish public tennis courts across Great Britain, and open up the sport to many more people. This investment will see thousands of existing park tennis courts in poor or unplayable condition brought back to life for the benefit of communities across the country through renovation works, and improved court accessibility with new gate-access technology and booking systems.
  • A range of payment options will be available for people to get on court, including an individual court hire fee and an affordable season pass.
  • The costs for users who will book are:


Ad-hoc Cost Per Hour All Courts


Additional Cost Per Hour for Floodlights




Annual Household Subscription


Annual Household Subscription for those in receipt of low-income benefits





    All income generated will be going back into the improvement of the facilities with a priority of improving the courts at Gib/Poole Road first.

  • Evidence from sites across the country is that installing gate access technology actually increases participation, as people can book a court online in advance, and know it will definitely be available when they arrive. It also means that free tennis sessions and coaching can be scheduled on the courts at specific times.
  • Gate access technology also helps reduce anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
  • A QR code on the gate to the court will also allow individuals to book a court on arrival, if available.


Tennis Coach Programme Fees


Package Type

Operating Days and Hours

Court hours per week per venue

No of weeks

Max hours per annum

Annual Coaches package

Actual payable fee (inc. 12 weeks discount for bad weather etc)

Discounted Hourly Rate for Coaches

Package 1

Mon – Sun 0800 to dusk









If you are booking Court Recreation Ground Tennis Courts an additional fee of £120 will be added to packages 1 and 2 to cover the cost of the floodlights during the winter months




  • All coaching packages are for one year, reviewed and renewable annually.
  • For each package purchased, the coach must provide one free hour tennis coaching session per week of supervised community activity using LTA Free Park Tennis, this will give coaches 11 hours per week, per annum.
  • Subject to availability coaches may buy multiple 10-hour packages, up to 30 hours per venue.
  • All annual packages are based on 52 weeks with a 12-week discount to allow for holidays and inclement weather.  Therefore, above charges are based on 40 weeks.
  • Signed agreement/contract.
  • Further details related to LTA Free Park Tennis available here - Free Park Tennis Activators | Tennis Volunteers | LTA



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